The Senate is poised to vote late Monday afternoon on a government spending bill before the government’s fiscal year ends on Sept. 30, but with the House on recess a government shutdown is possible.
The Senate on Friday rejected the House passed continuing resolution, 58-36, because of offsets the House added to the bill to pay for $3.65 billion in disaster relief. The House resolution funded the government until Nov. 18.
Members of the House left for a weeklong recess on Friday and no votes are scheduled until Oct. 3, which means there could be at least a three-day shutdown of the government, as funding authorization runs out at midnight on Sept. 30. The House is not scheduled to resume work until Monday evening.
The Senate and House are at odds over how much funds to give the Federal Emergency Management Agency, which is in desperate need of cash.